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friend passed out

From: Alex


I was with my friend last night and we were smoking a hookah pipe, its a smoking device that uses flavored tobacco. And when we were done smoking he said "i dont feel very good" theh he kind of snorted like he was breathing in real hard through his nose, and then just went limp. it was like he passed out. i asked if he was okay he didnt reply so i got up and shook his shoulder and tapped his face a little, he didnt reply again. i ran inside and got his dad. he came outside with me and i walked up to my friend again who was still passed out, i called his name and he woke up, it was like he was asleep and had no idea what just happened. he was just looking at us and saying "what, what's wrong"? his dad said he has vasal vago. he told me about it before. he said he could not join the military, and he could not fly cuz of it. my question is can you have an attack like this from smoking and what happens to your body when this happens and is it life threatening? also what are other triggers for this?

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